Monday, April 23, 2018

Preview of some new redemption rates with the combined Marriott Rewards-Starwood Preferred Guest program


Today Marriott released the redemption rates of 100 of their top hotels in the newly combined program that launches this August. Last week we brought you most of the details of the new program in these two posts:
One of the details revealed last week was the new hotel category award chart that will comprise of 8 categories along with peak and off-peak pricing. Here is the chart once again:

What we know is that many Starwood Hotels would go down in price based on the new chart and the value of 1 Starpoint to 3 Marriott Rewards points. What we didn't know about the new chart is where all 6,500 of their combined hotels will fit in the chart. Now we are getting an idea, well a very small idea of how some hotels might line with today's release of where 100 hotels from 5 areas around the world will fit in the new chart:

Bali


Current Points RequiredNew Award Chart Points RequiredPoints DifferenceNew Award Chart Category*
Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort25,00017,500-7,5003
Fairfield by Marriott Bali Legian20,00017,500-2,5003
Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta12,00017,5005,5003
Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak12,00017,5005,5003
Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort30,00025,000-5,0004
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran30,00025,000-5,0004
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa30,00025,000-5,0004
Sthala, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud Bali30,00025,000-5,0004
The Stones Hotel - Legian Bali, Autograph Collection30,00025,000-5,0004
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort36,00035,000-1,0005
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali36,00035,000-1,0005
The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa,
Nusa Dua, Bali
36,00050,00014,0006
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali40,00050,00010,0006
W Bali - Seminyak90,00060,000-30,0007
The St. Regis Bali Resort90,00060,000 (Effective August)
85,000 (Coming 2019)
-30,000
-5,000
8

Caribbean & Mexico


Current Points RequiredNew Award Chart Points RequiredPoints DifferenceNew Award Chart Category*
JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo30,00025,000-5,0004
The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta21,00025,0004,0004
Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Campeche36,00035,000-1,0005
Hacienda Santa Rosa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santa Rosa36,00035,000-1,0005
Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur36,00035,000-1,0005
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City35,00035,00005
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort40,00035,000-5,0005
Marriott Cancun Resort40,00035,000-5,0005
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa35,00035,00005
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino40,00035,000-5,0005
Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar36,00035,000-1,0005
The Westin Cozumel36,00035,000-1,0005
The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club30,00035,0005,0005
The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun21,00035,00014,0005
W Mexico City36,00035,000-1,0005
Hacienda Uayamon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Uayamon60,00050,000-10,0006
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa45,00050,0005,0006
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun50,00050,00006
The St. Regis Mexico City60,00050,000-10,0006
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba60,00060,00007
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach
Resort & Spa
36,00060,00024,0007
W Punta de Mita60,00060,00007

Dubai


Current Points RequiredNew Award Chart Points RequiredPoints DifferenceNew Award Chart Category*
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites40,00035,000-5,0005
Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai30,00035,0005,0005
Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai36,00035,000-1,0005
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai35,00035,00005
La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK, Dubai, Autograph Collection35,00035,00005
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection35,00035,00005
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre30,00035,0005,0005
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai35,00035,00005
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers30,00035,0005,0005
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort36,00035,000-1,0005
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai36,00035,000-1,0005
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina36,00050,00014,0006
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa36,00050,00014,0006
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai70,00060,000-10,0007
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina60,00060,00007

New York


Current Points RequiredNew Award Chart Points RequiredPoints DifferenceNew Award Chart Category*
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Central Park40,00035,000-5,0005
Element New York Times Square West36,00035,000-1,0005
Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West36,00035,000-1,0005
Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park40,00035,000-5,0005
New York Marriott East Side45,00050,0005,0006
New York Marriott Marquis45,00050,0005,0006
Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel45,00050,0005,0006
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel36,00050,00014,0006
The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection45,00050,0005,0006
The Westin New York at Times Square60,00050,000-10,0006
The Westin New York Grand Central60,00050,000-10,0006
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Hotel Americano, New York, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
The New York EDITION60,00060,00007
W New York - Times Square60,00060,00007
W New York - Union Square60,00060,00007
11 Howard, New York, a Member of Design Hotels™90,00060,000 (Effective August)
n85,000 (Coming 2019)
-30,000
-5,000
8
The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City90,00060,000 (Effective August)
85,000 (Coming 2019)
-30,000
-5,000
8
The St. Regis New York90,00060,000 (Effective August)
85,000 (Coming 2019)
-30,000
-5,000
8

Paris


Current Points RequiredNew Award Chart Points RequiredPoints DifferenceNew Award Chart Category*
Le Dokhan's, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris36,00035,000-1,0005
Le Méridien Etoile36,00035,000-1,0005
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center35,00035,00005
Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel40,00035,000-5,0005
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre36,00035,000-1,0005
Le Metropolitan, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris36,00050,00014,0006
Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel40,00050,00010,0006
Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel45,00050,0005,0006
Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel40,00050,00010,0006
Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel45,00050,0005,0006
Hotel Bel Ami, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Hotel de NELL, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Hotel Vernet, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
La Maison Champs Elysées, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Le Roch Hotel and Spa, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Les Bains, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels™60,00060,00007
Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel45,00060,00015,0007
The Westin Paris - Vendôme60,00060,00007
W Paris - Opéra60,00060,00007
Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris90,00060,000 (Effective August)
85,000 (Coming 2019)
-30,000
-5,000
8

Out of these 100 hotels we have 42 going down in price - that is for standard award nights and not taking into account the peak or off-peak pricing. 25 are going up in price leaving 33 at the same points requirement as there are now. Marriott's David Flueck did tell us that more hotels are going down in price and if this preliminary list is any indication then that statement should hold true.

There are some real steals to be had come August through December and that is because the highest category in the new chart, Category 8, doesn't launch until 2019. So until then all hotels that are to be in Category 8 will be priced as Category 7 hotels. Looking at the charts above that means hotels like the Prince de Galles, 11 Howard New York, St. Regis New York and St. Regis Bali are all only going to be 60,000 points instead of the current 90,000 (SPG equivalent of 30,000 points) or the future 85,000 points. And remember you get the 5th night free when booking 5 or more nights. I'm starting to think a trip to Paris may be in the cards this fall!

Looking at the news from last week and this week we can say that SPG members seem to be winning out on the earning and redemption side however are losing out on the elite benefits side whereas Marriott Rewards members are losing out on redemption as some of their top hotels like the Paris Marriott Champs Elysees are seeing significant points increases (up ~33%).

As we always suggest when there are category or points changes, you should book now or before August for any hotels that are going up in price while waiting until August to book any that may go down in price.

Find out more about today's announcement here

As always FFB would love to hear what you think about this preview of the new hotel category placements! Tell us below in the comments!

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